Natty McGann is my second fave of the set. Scored like a western at times (did Elmer know any other way?). If you like his 'cowie' music edwz, you will love it. I haven't really played Gangs that much myself, maybe only played it fully the once. I must go back to it. Glad my wake up post spread some more love for this wondrous set.
I have no idea why I omitted that AMAZING action cut near the end of the score, "Battle". I think there might have been a 10 min. max for videos back then still. I've subsequently rectified that for my own listening pleasure of course...
Yup, still a Bernstein favorite for me as well. "Lovemaking" has to be one of the ravishing things he ever wrote.
It's a creative, colorful, sprawling work loaded with great ideas and memorable sonorities.
It's funny to contrast this with John Barry's replacement score - Hearing Barry go through the tired and predictable motions paramount in his music at this time, whereas Bernstein's has the vitality, flourishing creativity and sonorous abundance of a "young" composer eager to introduce his chops to the world.
Now THAT is how a truly great composer does it.
If I have but one complaint, it's that there's no end title cue. But that'd just have been gravy, given everything that proceeded it!